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Grateful Dead Live at Orpheum Theatre on 1976-07-16

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Grateful Dead Live at Orpheum Theatre on 1976-07-16

Topics Live concert

Cold Rain & Snow, Cassidy, Deal, Mama Tried, Row Jimmy, Big River, Brown Eyed Women, Looks Like Rain, Peggy-O, The Music Never Stopped-> Scarlet Begonias Playin' In The Band-> Stronger Than Dirt-> Cosmic Charlie-> Samson & Delilah-> Spanish Jam- > Space-> Drums-> The Wheel-> Playin' In The Band-> Around & Around-> High Time, Sugar Magnolia, E: U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Orpheum Theatre
Location San Francisco, CA

Source Soundboard and Audience composite
Lineage Set 1 Recorded by Bob Menke using Sony ECM-280 mics > Sony TC-152 from front of balcony. Set 2 : SBD -> Master Reel -> Master Dat (44.1k)


Recorded by Bob Menke using Sony ECM-280 mics > Sony TC-152 from front of balcony; MAC > DAT > CD, except U.S. Blues encore, which is MAC > R > DAT > CD (Menke could not locate his master recording of the encore when this new transfer was done). EAC> WAV> SHN by Sean Cribbs


Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 21, 2017
Subject: Walk in the Sunshine..
A sister calls out for the Weir tune:
(Look out, 'cause here comes some free advice')
Walk in the sunshine
Watch for the bright sign
Be all those things you're able to be

You got to listen to the heavens
You got to try and understand
The greatness of their movement
Is just as small as it is grand

Try not to hurry
It's just not your worry
Leave it to those all caught up in time

You got to deep six your wrist watch
You got to try and understand
The time it seems to capture
Is just the movement of its hands

I ain't preaching, 'cause I don't know
How to make fast things move along slow
I can't stop it, I can't make it go
Just 'cause I say it, that don't mean that it's so

Watch what you hear now
Make sure it's clear now
Just 'cause it's said, that don't mean that it's true

'Cause folks always say
You got to make a revolution
You got to help me win my cause
You got to burn down all the buildings
You got to rub out all the laws

I ain't burning
Lord, I'm still only learning
How to become a man of my own
I ain't crazy, nor am I lazy
I just want to find out what's right and what's wrong

I ain't burning
Whole world keeps on turning
I'm still trying to find out what's right and what's wrong
I ain't crazy

The band responds with:
Well I married me a wife, she's been trouble all my life
Run me out in the cold rain and snow
Rain and snow, run me out in the cold rain and snow

Well she's coming down the stairs,
combin' back her yellow hair
And I ain't goin be treated this ol' way

Well she went up to her room
where she sang her faithful tune
Well I'm goin where those chilly winds don`t blow.
Cassidy- to me this is a timeless tune
debuts in 76 but sounds like
it could be old as the 65 Rain & Snow.
Deal-I like this early in the set /shake your donkey.
Middle of this set is classics.
3 for Sound, 4 for Concert feel

Set 2- Bring the Soundboard!
Playin>Milking>Cosmic Charlie
Samson- love that opening riff!
Spanish Jam! Band on a mission.
initial spacy part of this jam
always reminds me of the intro to China Doll.
( 2nd verse of The Other One from previous show?)
'Anthem of the Sun' vibe is mighty fine.
JERRY, DONNA, BOBBY bringing those WHEEL vocals!
This is an nicely extended jammed Wheel
(coming out of Drums and then into a PITB reprise)
That is HIGH cotton. so mellow into the REPRISE..
After the Round x2 (which they rock out in 76)
Just consider the rest of the show a 3 song encore!
Second Set is 5 for sound, 5 for Setlist, 5+ for creativity
Reviewer: Satori70 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 16, 2015
Subject: Goes to show, you don't ever know
Cold Rain starts off soft as a walk in the San Francisco sunshine! Rolls in off the pier down Market St. like the fog. Soft and beautiful. I can already tell this show is going to be special. I don't usually listen to '76 a lot, but this is a great run at The Orpheum. I love the harmonies. Cassidy is really good, moving into Deal I'm surprised how well they sound. Always hearing how bad they sounded with Donna and all. The first set is a mix of many standards and a good audience recording, albeit Phil hardly audible. The magic lies within the second set. Wow amazing!

Happy 50th Grateful Dead !
Reviewer: IREX - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 28, 2011
Subject: some highly worthwhile stuff
I would give that spanish jam 10 stars if i could
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 29, 2011
Subject: Another great run from 76
Love this Orpheum run; maybe not the best of the year but full of gems.Special performances here are the excellent jam on a rare Stronger Than Dirt, Cosmic Charlie (like the the revived St. Stephen it's a bit sluggish but joy to hear), an incredible Spanish Jam and a gorgeous High Time.
The aud of the first set is actually quite good and almost has a richer sound than the soundboard of the second set (although the sbd has Phil very high in the mix to good effect).
Reviewer: Deadheadable - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 20, 2010
Subject: High time
Wow! A great one here tonight. All around good....and long the way we liked them................
Reviewer: Ramblin'Rose_83 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 2, 2007
Subject: oh sweet jerry!
exactly what i've been looking for...
trippy, drippy, dreamy, swirling...
the cosmic charlie gets you there and gently brings you back...
Reviewer: Neil Skelton - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 14, 2007
Subject: Oh the Sweet San Fran Orpheum in 76'!
What a great year! The triumphant return of our Heros and they come on strong through June and July.

Cosmic Charlie, Spanish Jam, The Wheel, ahhhhh, so sweet. The shows and crowd were both horny for each other great energy, crowd response. This is why I love the Grateful Dead!


Neil Skelton
Reviewer: notgnimer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 16, 2007
Subject: This is it!
This is the quintessential Dead. The sound is sometimes shaky, but this show is one of the better I've heard. The flow of the notes andthe sound of the band just clicking is literally music to my ears. This is why we all fell into the spell of the Dead and I can't wait to hear tomorrow's performance. If any one had any doubts, this is it!
Reviewer: keysareme - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 10, 2005
Subject: Set 1 Aud.
The whole show is completed by one, a stellar audience recording, and then by a 2nd set SBD. Can we access the 1st set Audience recording?
Thank you!!
Reviewer: birdsgosouth - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 29, 2005
Subject: the first you wanted the last I knew
I view the three orpheum shows starting with this one as some intrinsic whole. the playing is so drippy, the set lists so wild and it all seems to majestically float in the ether. There's not much this-is-better-than-that. Get 'em all.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 30, 2004
Subject: Wonderful surprise
Had never heard this before and agree this should be heard for the stronger than dirt alone + the spanish jam is prob the best and longest post '74 they have ever done... scarlet is hot and they bail after around and around for a short show and then come back and do a high time encore??? this is quirky and cool with some great jams - overshadowed by the next night to be sure but a gem nonetheless.
Reviewer: Bluecaps - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 24, 2004
Subject: Good show all around
Jerry is on for both sets; first set highlights include a great Peggy-O, a rocking Music Never Stopped and a hot Scarlet.

Check out previous review for 2nd set comments.
Reviewer: beege - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 28, 2004
Subject: Milkin' The Turkey
The 2nd set is worth checking as it includes a Cosmic Charlie and their final Stronger Than Dirt
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